San Cristobal, Chamula, Sumidero Canyon
San Cristobal de Las Casas Travel Blog› entry 11 of 35 › view all entries
I was wondering why we were continuously jerking around the road on the way to Mexico when I realised that the driver had a nervous twitch in his arm (unfortunate for his line of work). Each time he twitched, we would jerk alarmingly to the left. Luckily, the twitch extended to his right arm as well, so most of the time, he did not have to correct. However I did get a bit worried when he stopped to fill up with fuel and the petrol was going everywhere.
Eventually, we got to San Cristobal. Its a lovely city, Spanish colonial style. I decided to try out my spanish on the waiter in the first steak restaurant I could find. I pulled off a great order and was happily eating my way through a massive T-Bone when the aforementioned waiter arrives with another huge steak, this time a sirloin.
Next day was to Chamula. Most people who have come to San Cristobal have been here but for those who haven´t, its a group of Mayan villages on top of a hill. Their big tourist pull is the church, which is a really strange mix of catholic and other traditional mayan beliefs. All the locals go to the church with a coke, candles and eggs (eggs are optional, only required if you need some healing. If you need alot of healing, you need to take a chicken). They start praying to their local saint, usually St. John the Baptist - who is the main man, much more important than Jesus or any other figure - and one of the many medicine men comes round and prays with them.
Next day was a trip to Sumidero canyon which is a tourist trap. Amazing canyon though, walls are around 1km high.